FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadiums

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World Cup 2018 stadiums in Russia are well underway and some are complete in preparation for the Soccer World 2018. 

The World Cup is the international championship of soccer. It is held every 4 years, usually with a different country acting as host each time.

There’ll be 12 World Cup 2018 Stadiums in Russia.

Many countries send teams, and winning the championship is a matter of pride for that country.

Now its Russia’s turn to host the 2018 Football World Cup.

This is the first World Cup in Eastern Europe and it is also the first World Cup to be held on two continents.

The draw will be held on 1 December 2017 in Moscow at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

 

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Kick off for the world cup is on the 14th June and the World Cup will continue till 15 July 2018.

Russia will be spending 600 billion rubles, equal to about $20 billion on the World Cup.

This massive sum will factor in the construction of 7 new stadiums as well as the refurbishment of 5 pre-existing stadiums.

These 12 stadiums will be found across 11 different host cities.

The names of these cities are –

●Moscow – 2 stadiums
●Sochi
●Kazan
●Saint Petersburg
●Kaliningrad
●Rostov-on-Don
●Yekaterinburg
●Samara
●Nizhny Novgorod
●Volgograd
●Saransk

Russia’s footballing infrastructure is busy undergoing massive transformation ahead of the 2018 World Cup, and the country has many super modern stadiums in preparation for this upcoming tournament.

We take a look at the 12 stadiums –

●LUZNHIKI STADIUM – Moscow

Work to get the Luznhiki Stadium ready for Russia 2018 began in 2013.

This stadium was originally built in 1956 to host the first Spartakiad. It hosts many events of which the 1980 Summer Olympics and UEFA Cups are an example.

This is the biggest stadium for the World Cup and its the venue for most matches played by the Russian national football team. This Stadium is going to keep its status as Russia’s leading football stadium.

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●SPARTAK STADIUM – Moscow

The facade of this great stadium is in the form of chain mail, is made of hundreds of small diamonds which represent the Spartak logo.

The design creates an intimate fan experience and a 2-tier rectilinear design puts fans as close to the pitch as possible.

It was 2010 that building on Spartak got underway. Known also as Otkrytiye Arena, Spartak Stadium caters for 45,000 spectators and was opened in 2014.

●KAZAN ARENA – Kazan

The team of architects who designed Wembley- and Emirates Stadium have designed the impressive Kazan Arena.

The stadium is complete. Kazan is known as the ‘Sports Capital of Russia.

This particular stadium stands on the banks of the Kazanka River and has been designed to look like a flower – a water lily.

Because the arena is visible from the Kazan Kremlin, a World Heritage Site, heritage considerations have also been taken into account.

The stadium, with its capacity to seat 45,379 people will be a great host at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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●SAMARA ARENA – Samara

Known as Kosmos Arena, this brand new stadium is scheduled for completion in 2018.

During the Soccer World Cup, it will be referred to as the Samara Arena. President Vladimir Putin took part in the ceremony marking the start of the stadium’s construction. It is being built to have a capacity of 44,918 spectators.

After Russia 2018, the stadium will be home to FC Krylya Sovetov club.

●MORDOVIA ARENA – Saransk

The Mordovia Arena will be located in the centre of the city, on the bank of the Insar river.

With a capacity to seat 44,442 spectators, the Mordovia Arena has been designed in the shape of an oval.

It will stand out with its bright orange, red and white to represent Mordovia’s arts and crafts culture.

Mordovia is located about 500 kilometres south-east of Moscow and this new stadium will be home to FC Mordovia Saransk club.

●ROSTOV ARENA – Rostov

The design of Rostov Arena blends well into the landscape.

The shape of the roof of the stadium has been designed to imitate the flow of the Don River.

Preparatory work for the stadium started in 2012. Capacity for Rostov Arena will be about 45,000. The entire stadium, complete with multimedia screen incorporated into the façade will only be ready in December 2017.

Apart from being a World Cup venue, the arena will become the home of FC Rostov. It is situated 1,000 kilometres south of Moscow.

It is situated 1,000 kilometres south of Moscow.

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●FISHT STADIUM – Sochi

The Fisht Olympic Stadium has a seating capacity for close to 48 000 spectators.

The Fisht Stadium is found in the Olympic Park in Imeretin Valley. The ground isn’t home to a club team as it is owned by the government of Russia.

●YEKATERINBURG ARENA – Yekaterinburg

First built in 1953, this is a multi-purpose stadium.

It is a circular arena and undergone major works since it was selected as a venue for the Soccer World Cup 2018.

The entire interior had to be rebuilt and the seating capacity was boosted to 45 000 seats.

This stadium, 1000km south of Moscow, is the home stadium of FC Rotor Volgograd and is found on the site of the old Central Stadium.

●NIZHNY NOVGOROD ARENA – Nizhny Novgorod

This is a riverside stadium in the beautiful city of Nizhny Novgorod, a world city included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Nizhny Novgorod Arena will be situated at the meeting place of the Oka and Volga Rivers.

The Nizhny Novgorod Arena will be situated at the meeting place of the Oka and Volga Rivers.

The arena’s capacity for the World Cup will be 45, 331. Seating layout consists of 2 tiers.

The stadium’s design is inspired by nature – water and wind. Its light basic structure has a semi-transparent facade which conceals the stadium’s bowl.

After the World Cup, FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod will move into the stadium. They are the city’s top club.

fifa world cup 2018 stadiums ●KALININGRAD STADIUM – Kaliningrad

As a host city, Kaliningrad isn’t part of mainland Russia but is between Poland and Lithuania.

The new multi-purpose stadium is to be built on Oktyabrsky Island in the middle of Kaliningrad.

Groundbreaking for the stadium took place in September 2015. The stadium was first planned for 45,000 people but it will be 35,000 with 10,000 seats being planned as temporary seating.

●SAINT PETERSBURG STADIUM – St. Petersburg

With its capacity of 56,196 seats, Saint Petersburg Stadium is located on the western side of Krestovsky Island, St. Petersburg. Capacity has however been increased to 68 000 for the World Cup.

Capacity has however been increased to 68 000 for the World Cup.

The stadium lies about 7.5 kilometres away from the city centre. St. Pietersburg Stadium is also referred to as Zenit Arena, Krestovsky Stadium, and Piter Arena.

This is one of the most expensive stadiums with costs going past $1 billion

As a playing venue for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it will host 4 first round group matches, a ¼ final, semi-final and the match for 3rd place.

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Conclusion

The organising committee for the World Cup 2018 Stadiums in Russia is still busy with the refurbishment- or construction of the 12 Arenas for Europe’s biggest football competition.

The infrastructure of Russia has undergone enormous transformation ahead of this most waited-upon 2018 World Cup.

These 12 impressive stadiums have been carefully selected.

Each venue will host 4 group games as a minimum, with the allocation of knockout matches included.

With stunning designs, great transport in and around the stadiums, and excellent catering facilities, all that is left is for you to get tickets from the stadiums by calling the club up and buying them over the phone.

You can also go to booking websites and buy your ticket to high entertainment for Russia’s 2018 Football World Cup online.

Millions of people around the world are waiting in suspense and will watch matches live and on TV for an entire magical month.

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